Many many forum topics about this already, and also see http://elinux.org/RPi_Hardware#Power_Supply_Problemslncoll wrote:1st. Power supply through a micro USB seems good for gadget battery charge, but not to feed a continuous voltage to a processor.
I've never had that problem with mine yet - maybe you're just unlucky to have a connector which is slightly too small (or worn down) so it's become 'loose'?Micro USB cables usually are not good, and connector fails at the minimun movement.
I think I remember reading that the USB ports sticking out so much was actually a footprint design mistake, and by the time they noticed it would have been to costly (in both time and money) to fix it.2nd. Lan connector is 6mm back from USB connector, this is not a big con, but I'm designing a case and the choices are: hidden LAN connector OR "popup" USB connector.
If you know what you're doing and you have a high-quality PSU, you can supply power via the GPIO header http://elinux.org/RPi_Hardware#PowerAnd place an extra power connector, round or flat does not matter, but a "good" one with "big" contacts and solid.
I would argue Micro USB is designed to be sturdier.alexandru.cucu wrote:Mini-USB is much more common and also has better mechanical design.
The newer Micro-USB receptacles are designed for up to 10,000 cycles of insertion and removal between the receptacle and plug, compared to 1,500 for the standard USB and 5,000 for the Mini-USB receptacle.
Most certainly not popular!AndrewS wrote:I don't think that would be popular with the people without HDMI TVsiamn8 wrote:I love the size of this thing... some small thoughts:
* The RCA video and 3.5 audio be removed.
The plan is to release a complete education kit, so including the SD-card, case and I think also the supply.rurwin wrote:..... In my view, the educational release should use a coaxial connector, allow 500mA draw from the USB ports and a power supply should be available. It's not ideal, but it would solve almost every problem people are having.
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